Japanese promotion Rizin FF has announced its tournament lineup for their lightweight grand prix, with perennial Bellator lightweight contender Patricky Freire set to feature.
A press release from Rizin FF officials confirmed the eight participants in the upcoming tournament, which kicks off at Rizin FF 19 on October 12.
The eight-man lightweight tournament field includes:
- Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (21-8 MMA, 0-0 Rizin)
- Johnny Case (26-6 MMA, 2-0 Rizin)
- Luiz Gustavo (9-1 MMA, 1-1 Rizin)
- Tatsuya Kawajiri (37-13 MMA, 2-3 Rizin)
- Tofiq Musaev (15-3 MMA, 2-0 Rizin)
- Roberto de Souza (9-0 MMA, 2-0 Rizin)
- Damien Brown (19-12 MMA, 2-0 Rizin)
- Hiroto Uesako (16-7 MMA, 1-0 Rizin)
The quarter-finals are set to take place on the Rizin FF 19 card, with a draw to determine the matchups set to take place next week.
The event, which takes place at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan, will feature a “100kg super fight” as Rizin FF light heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazkha takes on Brazilian knockout artist Fabio Maldonado, while the organization looks to establish its welterweight division with the booking of former UFC veteran Keita Nakamura, who makes his promotional debut against Marcos de Souza.
The card will also feature a crowd-pleasing super atomweight clash between fan favorites Seo Hee Ham and Miyuu Yamamoto, who recently faced off in the ring after Seo’s victory at Rizin FF 18 to tee up their eagerly-anticipated match.
Rizin FF 19 takes place on Saturday, October 12, at 2pm local time, 1am ET and will be streamed live on Fite.tv.
Rizin FF 19 confirmed fights include:
- Jiri Prochazka vs. Fabio Maldonado
- Seo Hee Ham vs. Miyuu Yamamoto
- Marco de Souza vs. Keita Nakamura
- Rena Kubota vs. Shawna Ram
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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